Updated January 6, 2021, 5:58 pm
Berlin (dpa / bb) – To contain the corona pandemic, public life in Berlin will remain largely shut down for the time being.
The Senate extended the December 16 lockdown to January 31. The new infection protection ordinance applies from Sunday:
Which regulations are new?
CONTACT RESTRICTIONS: The rules are becoming stricter for private get-togethers: In the future, meetings will only be permitted with members of your own household and with a maximum of one other person who does not live in the household. If this person is a single parent, their children are not counted, so they may join them. Previously, there was an upper limit of five people from two households, children up to the age of twelve did not count.
SCHOOLS: The “regular operation in presence” remains set. The education administration wants to open the schools step by step. From January 11th, alternate classes are planned for graduating-relevant classes, i.e. a combination of classes at school and at home. The learning groups should be a maximum of half as large as usual. This applies, for example, to grades 10, 11 and 12 at grammar schools and 9, 10, 12, 13 at integrated secondary schools.
From January 18, there will be at least three hours of lessons a day in classes 1 to 3, also in small groups. From January 25th, grades 4 to 6 will be added, from February 8th all types of schools and age groups will learn this way. From February 15th – at least that’s the plan – normal lessons are announced again.
Canteens: Company canteens, for example, have to close to the public. Like the restaurants, they are only allowed to offer food outside the home.
Which regulations apply as before?
TRADE: Many shops are closed, such as hairdressers, beauty salons, DIY and furniture stores, large department stores or clothing stores. This does not apply to food retailers, weekly markets for groceries, pharmacies, medical supply stores or drug stores. Bookstores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car workshops, bicycle workshops and banks are also allowed to open.
KITAS: The daycare centers are also closed. According to the education administration, providers can maintain “emergency care” there for parents who cannot look after their children at home.
EXIT RESTRICTIONS: “Leaving one’s own home or normal accommodation is only permitted for valid reasons,” says the Infection Protection Ordinance. The list of such reasons is long, however. This can be work and school, shopping, visits to the authorities, visits to the doctor, caring for relatives, walking the dog or sporting activities, also the way to “inner contemplation” in places of worship.
SPORT: Sport is only allowed alone or with another person at a distance. There is an exception for children up to the age of twelve if the sport is practiced outdoors in fixed groups of a maximum of ten people plus a supervisor.
PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL: It is forbidden to dispense alcoholic beverages in glasses, mugs or other open containers. It is also forbidden to drink alcoholic beverages outdoors in public spaces. The nocturnal ban on serving and selling alcohol from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. remains in force.
DEMONSTRATIONS: Political demonstrations are allowed without a defined upper limit. Furthermore, distance rules and an extensive mask requirement apply – this can only be omitted for gatherings of up to 20 people who do not chant or sing.
RELIGION: Worship services are still possible provided that distance and hygiene rules are observed.
HOTELS: Overnight stays in hotels, guest houses or holiday apartments are prohibited, but there are exceptions on the occasion of business trips and for necessary private reasons.